Just an incredibly scary, deep and interesting book, penetration to shivers! From the very centre of England - literally, as his village is furthest from the sea - he travels to its outermost edges. The Green Road into the Trees is a journey made rich by the characters he meets along the way. And the ways he takes are the old ways, the drover-paths and tracks, the paths and ditches half covered by bramble and tunnelled by alder, beech and oak: the trails that can still be traced by those who know where to look.
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Far and Away. Rivers Run. Hugh Thomson has a wanderlust and, on returning to England from Peru, decides to investigate the history on his doorstep; immediately setting off on to walk the Icknield Way, an ancient drove road running miles across England, from Abbotsbridge, Dorset to Holme next the Sea in Norfolk. The Icknield Way is not one If you enjoy walking, are interested in people, and appreciate connecting with the history of the landscape which surrounds you then I highly recommend you read this engaging book.
The Icknield Way is not one of those, well signed "long distance footpaths" that now form National Trails. It is a varying route, requiring some research and it has, in part, been forgotten that the way gave access to central England well before London became the central hub.
Robert Macfarlane, a very bookish walker I love to read, has walked the route from East to West - written of in The Old Ways - as he followed in the footsteps of the poet, Edward Thomas who wrote of walking the Icknield Way in Hugh Thomson walks the route from the other end and writes with warmth, wit and knowledge as he weaves together archaeology, literature, art and history with people, place and personal reminiscence. With an easy lightness of touch he takes us with him in his free spirited explorations and is wonderful company.
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As the FT review puts it "I love to read Macfarlane.. I would love to walk with Thomson". A walk taken from coast to coast along the Icknield Way with a couple of detours , beginning in pretty Dorset and ending in the open expanses of Norfolk. Thomson makes even the industrial estates he passes through, sound interesting. Along his route he passes through Maiden Castle, Stonehenge, Avebury, Uffington my personal favourite etc. All throughout we are treated to his thoughts on the sites he visits and the peoples that created them, together with wonderful snippets of history and conve A walk taken from coast to coast along the Icknield Way with a couple of detours , beginning in pretty Dorset and ending in the open expanses of Norfolk.
All throughout we are treated to his thoughts on the sites he visits and the peoples that created them, together with wonderful snippets of history and conversations from local residents. Jun 08, Cathryn rated it it was amazing Shelves: travelling-slowly-in-england. There's a growing genre of books about travelling slowly through England, and this is a lovely example. The author starts the Ickneild Way somewhere near Chesil Beach in Dorset, and meanders to the North Sea, and the coast at Hunstanton, visiting friends, pubs and archaeological sites along the way.
Makes me want to get out and walk! Jul 07, Chris Wares rated it it was amazing.
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Wonderful book. Previously I'd read Thomson's books about South America and enjoyed them immensely but I hesitated about this book as compared to discovering Inca temples or driving cars across Central America walking across England sounded rather pedestrian.
I was wrong. This book highlights Thomson's superb ability as a writer. His walk along the Ickneild Way proved to be a fantastic vehicle for him to muse on a variety of things and in particular write about Britains prehistoric landscape. He Wonderful book. He makes the past seem much more understandable. I particularly liked his thoughts about falconry being like an ancient Xbox. Pointless fun. A great book. Jul 23, Lorren Eldridge rated it really liked it. Reads exactly like you want this sort of book to read- full of facts, history, and pub recommendations.
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Thomson clearly did his research properly for the locations he visited. The author is opinionated, and I don't agree with all of his opinions, but I would guess from the amusing letter from a copy editor at the end of the book that he wouldn't mind that. An excellent and absorbing read which I found incredibly enjoyable.
I learnt a lot from this book about the history of England that I did not know and find I now want to know more of and the landscapes and travels are described so wonderfully and in such a lively style it makes me want to walk the Way myself.
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Brilliant book, definitely recommended. Enjoyable and interesting account of a walk along the Icknield way laced with autobiography, history, archeology, myth and legend. Lots of good stories and character sketches but it didn't always feel like there was a proper narrative thread holding it all together. Aug 19, Sarah G rated it really liked it. I really enjoyed this book, combining history and the English countryside as it does.
Some of the 'facts' were less factual than I'd have liked but still an entertaining read all-in-all. Oct 24, Celia rated it it was amazing. An enjoyable read. Part travel log, part internal reflections. Hugh Thomson not only reflects on the English country side and it's rich archeological history but modern life.
His past and family and people he met on the way and movements that shaped our modern lives. Hugh Thomson is well read and had some fascinating comments and insights. Really good book. Jul 23, Andrew Cox rated it liked it. What strange lives these travel writers lead. I'm not envious!!!!! I would have like to hear a little more about the walking and the camping side of things but I realise that is a personal preference rather than a criticism of the book. Well written, insightful and an overall good read. As always with armchair travel books it is the wonderful asides that the author includes on the journey that keep the reader interested.
His descriptions of the countryside are good but it is his views and biographical stories that make him a delightful companion. May 08, Ruth Hill rated it did not like it Shelves: not-finished-on-purpose. Got bogged down in this, abandoned it. Jul 24, Anne rated it really liked it.
Walking the old Icknield Way from Dorset to The Wash, taking ancient tracks, through history, legend, literature and scientific fact. Jun 15, Lucy Moore rated it it was ok Shelves:
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